It was the actual telecast that held all the surprises and made this year’s award show one of the most entertaining in years.
“Gravity” took home most of the technical awards, including Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography, which was expected from the sci-fi drama. Alfonso Cuaron, the film’s director, also took the Directing Oscar but lost the Best Picture Oscar to the period drama “12 Years a Slave.”
Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o took home the Best Supporting Actress award for “12 Years a Slave,” beating out past winners Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence.
Although some of us were pulling for Sandra Bullock to take home a second golden statue for Best Actress in a Leading Role, it ended up in the hands of Cate Blanchett, who won for her role in Woody Allen’s film “Blue Jasmine.”
It was no real surprise in the Best Actor and Supporting Actor categories where the “Dallas Buyer’s Club” duo of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home the top prizes. It was the first Oscar nomination for both actors, who came away with well-deserved wins.
McConaughey delivered an inspiring speech that brought many to tears, then laughs, when he ended with his signature, “All right, all right, all right.”
Leonardo DiCaprio is still Oscar-less after five nominations, but he’s doing a bit better than Amy Adams who has had six nominations now and zero wins. There’s always next year, guys.
But back to Ellen DeGeneres.
Her second time hosting the Academy Awards was filled with awkward jokes, playful jabs and aloof moments which made her seem more like a good buddy than an Oscar host.
She acted more like a fan in a room full of celebrities than an actual celebrity herself, as she gushed at some of the stars and then broke Twitter.
The epic selfie, which you’ve surely heard about by now, was spontaneous, getting celebrities to let go a bit and have some fun. She then asked everyone viewing the broadcast to retweet the pic, and they did, shutting down the social networking for a bit.
She also asked the celebrities in attendance if they were hungry and if they wanted pizza.
They laughed it off but sure enough, a few commercial breaks later a real pizza delivery guy showed up, and they began passing out the pizza to celebs like Brad Pitt (who actually helped hand out paper plates), Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams.
The pizza delivery guy, Edgar Martirosyan, who will forever be known as the Guy Who Delivered the Pizza to the Oscars, is co-owner of Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizzeria. Since then, the pizza place has had record orders and even had to close early on Oscar night because they ran out of dough.
Martirosyan also walked away with a $1,000 tip.
All in all, the 2014 Oscar ceremony was a blast; full of surprises from its host, but not so much from the nominees, as the winners were pretty much a given.
Whoever is chosen to host next year’s ceremony will have some mighty big shoes to fill, not to mention a few more social network sites to shut down.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.